There are a number of players around the NBA that have played backup roles their entire career that might pursue starting spots via free agency or trades in 2011.
Many players, like Eric Maynor, are in the perfect situation to play the backup role behind an elite talent—they can grow through the early years of their careers. But most NBA players soon become anxious to find a starting role.
This summer, there is not a record-breaking free agent class or a blockbuster deal for an All-NBA-type player in the works. Rather, there are a number of rumors surrounding good players that will look for opportunities to start.
Let's take a look at five backups that are ready for starting spots in the NBA.